The Fox Nation web site ran with a headline that read, “College Thesis: ‘So-Called Founders Didn’t Allow for Economic Freedom.’” The problem is that the article they linked to contained text by Pajamas Media blogger Michael Ledeen, who fell for a piece of satire posted on the blog, Jumping In Pools. The satirical report on the supposed thesis paper by Barack Obama claimed that Obama attacked the founders and the constitution. The author of the original piece claimed that Time‘s Joe Klein obtained the thesis paper, which Klein denies.
Ledeen later apologized for falling for the satire:
LEDEEN: It’s a hoax, or a satire, depending on your point of view. Joe Klein has said that he never read any part of an Obama “thesis” from his Columbia days, and that’s conclusive, as far as I’m concerned.
The hoax/satire was written in August, so it’s not connected to any current event. I cam across it on Twitter, read the blog, found it interesting, and posted on it. I failed to notice that one of the tags was “satire.”
The Fox Nation later deleted the article.